Afghan Girls Are Fighting Prejudice By Practicing Martial Arts [Watch]
Despite being harassed for practicing a facet of Chinese kung fu, these girls and women persist because it allows them to develop self-confidence and cultivate peace.
It’s not easy dealing with oppression every day, but a group of girls in Afghanistan has found a healthy outlet by studying the flowing movements of Wushu. The activity which is developed from the ancient practice of Chinese kung fu is one of the few sports women in the country are allowed to participate in. Not only are regular meetings of the Shaolin Wushu club instructing the girls on self-defense techniques, they’re inspiring self-confidence.
The classes are taught by 20-year-old Sima Azimi, who learned the sport in Iran where she competed. She’s been teaching at the Shaolin Wushu club for about a year, and says the practice is “really effective for body and soul.”